KONE Plc, press release, 26 June 2018
KONE, a global leader in the lift and escalator industry, has launched KONE Residential Flow, a comprehensive and highly convenient smart technology solution for new and existing residential buildings. It is designed to make homecomings easier for residents, while enabling them to control who enters the building in their absence. Residential Flow also improves building and facility management for landlords and property managers.
KONE Residential Flow is a secure solution for residents and facilities managers, run through an easy to use smart phone application. It is connected to the building’s doors and lifts as well as, if desired, the building’s information screens and intercom systems. The technology is cloud based and uses state-of-the-art camera intercoms as required on both, or either, homes and communal access points. This makes KONE Residential Flow simple to install as part of new build or retro-fit to existing buildings, with no need for wires between the different systems. KONE experts provide consultation on the right system for the building and are on-hand throughout the installation process. The equipment is easy to maintain and its installation provides the foundations for future innovation in the building. KONE can also provide lifts, access solutions, intercom systems and building doors, making them work seamlessly together with no need for external suppliers.
KONE Residential flow can be purchased in three single or combined elements that provide keyless access to residents, visitors or deliveries, and information sharing from facilities mangers to residents.
KONE Residential Flow adds value to buildings by making them more attractive to potential residents, easier to manage and simplifying future installations of smart technology.
The launch of KONE Residential Flow comes at a time when UK adults are increasingly welcoming smart technology and automation into their homes. Over half (55%) of all adults aged 18 – 65 years old would prefer to use their smart phone rather than keys, according to research company Synolnt. Of these, 70% of adults aged 18 – 22 years old, and 66% of 23 – 35 year olds, would prefer to use their smart phone to keys. These findings indicate a demographic shift that younger homeowners, and the tenants of tomorrow, increasingly welcome and expect smart home and smart access solutions. People are also far less likely to lose their smart phones. According to the research almost a quarter of respondents (24%) lost their keys within the last year, compared to just 16% who lost their smart phone in the same period.
KONE Residential Flow enables residents to:
• Access their home without having to use physical keys or even press call or floor buttons for lifts. KONE Residential Flow will automatically call lifts for the resident to take them to the right floor.
• See on their smartphone who is at their door and grant remote access to their building even if they are not there
• Access their building’s information screens and communicate directly with facility / building managers
KONE Residential Flow allows facilities managers to:
• Communicate directly with residents individually, to specific groups or as a whole
• Manage access rights. No more lost or replacement keys
• Manage delivery rights for deliveries and other visitors
• Have a greater understanding of the building’s technology and its use in people flow, including lifts, doors and escalators.
Andrew Todd, Modernisation and Marketing Director, KONE Great Britain, said: “KONE Residential Flow is an exciting development for the UK housing market. As residents we are all looking for easier and greater control of our home and better communication with building or facility managers. This is what KONE Residential Flow provides as well as making buildings easier to manage and more attractive to potential tenants and investors. KONE Great Britain is delighted to be working with Halamar to install KONE Residential Flow in 37-38 in London’s Golden Square – it becomes the first building in the UK to become fully equipped with the solution.”
KONE at Housing 2018 – Stand TE10
KONE will be launching Residential Flow at Housing 2018 at stand TE10 (Tech@Housing stand 10) on 26-28 June 2018. Michael Holmes, KONE Great Britain Business Development Manager and Andrew Todd, KONE Great Britain, Modernisation and Marketing Director, will be available for interview on site or via email. Please contact Kallaway on 020 7221 7883 to arrange an interview.
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Telephone: 0207 221 7883
At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides lifts, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernisation to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2017, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 8.9 billion, and at the end of the year over 55,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.